Finding the Best Freeze-Dried Cheese . . . and a Recipe!

Let’s talk freeze-dried cheese.

If you are planning to do any camping or backpacking, freeze-dried cheese is a great snack or addition to meals. And if you are building an emergency food supply, you can use this cheese for tacos, popcorn or to make your own cheese sauce.

With up to a 10-year shelf life, freeze-dried cheese can be a lifesaver if you are without power for an extended period of time (think hurricanes or earthquakes).

Another plus for freeze-dried cheese: it doesn’t take up refrigerator space, since it is shelf stable.

We tried out several brands in a blind taste test. Before we get to the winners, however, here is a recipe for that all-time favorite: mac and cheese.

Recipe: Mac & Cheese

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  • 3 cups macaroni, prepared
  • 1/2 cup Augason farms cheese blend powder.
  • 1/3 cup Augason Farms butter powder.
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 6 tablespoons Augason Farms low fat milk, prepared.


  1. Cook and drain macaroni.
  2. In separate bowl, mix cheese powder and butter powder with 1/4 cup hot water
  3. Stir until smooth
  4. Add prepared milk and cooked macaroni, stir until well coated.

Recipe and photo Credit: Augason Farms.

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